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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Columbiformes
Family:Columbidae
Genus:Zenaida
Genus species:Zenaida galapagoensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:19-23 cm
Identification:The Galapagos dove is mainly reddish-brown with black, white, and incandescent green colors. It also has a turquoise eye ring.
Habitat:Drier parts of the main Galapagos Islands.
Diet:Omnivore: seeds, cacti, caterpillars
Reproduction:These birds breed in the warm season from February to June. They lay their two eggs in a ground nest. The two eggs are incubated for 14 days before they hatch. The fledgling period is also about 14 days.
Usually found in pairs or alone, the Galapagos dove may only be found in large groups where there is food.
Behavior:Galapagos doves are very tame.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:During rainstorms, the Galapagos dove will rain-bathe, where they lift one wing so that the underside will catch rain.

Other Information

Geographic:Galapagos Islands Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Galapagos dove
pigeon-like bird
Zenaida
Columbidae
Columbiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata